To commemorate National Nurses Day today I'm celebrating three generations of
nurses in my family.
Both my mom and my sister graduated from Trumbull Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Warren, Ohio; my mom in 1937, my sister almost 30 years later. My daughter received her associate degree a few years ago and her B.S.N. this past December.
It's interesting to note the changes between nurses' dress 50 to 75 years ago and now. When my mom and sister graduated they were required to wear white dresses, white shoes and stockings, and white caps (which indicated the school they attended). These days, nurses wear scrubs, sometimes in hospital colors, and comfortable shoes. In earlier times nurses went through nurses' training, taking courses and working in the hospital as early as their first few weeks in training. These days nurses attend college and must have a bachelor's degree.
I've been in the hospital enough times to appreciate a good nurse but it wasn't until last month, when I read The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives by Theresa Brown, R.N., that I truly began to realize and appreciate the attention, knowledge, and skill of nurses and the juggling act they perform on behalf of their patients. My mom worked for only a short time as a nurse but my sister worked for many years and my daughter has worked in a hospital for a few years. I'm grateful for the service they performed/perform for their patients.
Well done, Mom, Marsha, and Brenna! Thank you. Happy Nurses Day.
The date for National Nurses Day is always the same, May 6, as are the dates for National Nurses Week, May 6-12.
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